I know a few of you know, and some of you may have guessed, but this is the first time I believe I've officially written here....Chad's heading back to the desert. He'll be leaving late spring. We've known for months. Really we've known since they returned Oct. 2006, it was just a matter of it coming down "officially", it officially came down a few months ago (before Thanksgiving). We have not told the boys yet, we'll tell them next month when Chad comes home from the field.
This will be his 3rd trip over there. He's actually going to a different post than he's been before...so that's a perk (he says! LOL). He's slated for 15 months. Now I am asking you all to please do NOT Say a few things in the comments.
1. Maybe he'll only stay for 12 months.
a. We're realists. We've been married for almost 11 yrs and Chad's been in for almost 14. What we've learned is this...don't count on anything until it happens. Even if we were told 12 months throughout it, I would absolutely NOT believe it until that man was standing in front of me in the gym at the Welcome Home Ceremony. It's the Army, this is just how it works. I don't live on "maybe's or what if's". It's a delusional way to live and it's a naive, young Army wife way to live and all it does is set you up for pain IF you convince yourself of something that's not 100%!
2. DO NOT SAY "When we get a NEW President they'll come home, because that's what so and so says". Ok one, learn how the government works. It's Not JUST the president's call. It has to be over-viewed by the military intelligence, advisors, etc, go to senate/congress, etc. It's not going to JUST happen because we have a new President. Again this falls under the first, it's living in delusion.
3. "Well it should be easier, you've been through it before". You send your husband off to a foreign war-torn country and let me know how easy it is for you ok? Do I know what to expect, yes. Have I been through it before...yes! Does it make it any easier, in some ways, but not in so many others. I'm prepared for what I'm/we're about to go through and again....I'm prepared for what we're about to go through. NOT easy people!
I'm sure there are other things, those are my top 3 though! LOL I'll be starting posting back up in our deployment journal once he's gone again. No idea if Chad will be able to write or not. I really, really want him to, but I'm not holding my breath! LOL
So what do I need/desire?
When Chad's deployed if you'd like to send him letters, that'd be so wonderful. Carepackages are nice as well, but I'm not asking for that...just words of encouragement. Hand written notes to let him know he matters, you're praying for him, etc.
So....there it is! I'll keep you updated as time goes.